Who doesn’t love a sample sale? The opportunity to buy what’s sure to become my next favorite outfit at discount prices always puts a smile on my face. So when Universal Standard announced the return of its annual sample sale, I sat up straight and paid attention.
The brand burst onto the scene in 2015 and quickly made headlines for its inclusive sizing, which ranges from 00 to 40. Universal Standard has also collaborated with such fashion heavy-hitters as J. Crew, Erdem, Goop, and Rodarte.
I love Universal Standard — I own the Geneva dress in three colors and the same number of the baby soft Jackson bodysuit — the clothes are well made and the range of sizes they carry is unheard of in the retail industry. The sample sale, known for bringing back sold-out favorites, sets off a feeding frenzy of style-hungry fans every year. We’ve spent time looking through the sale rack so you don’t have to. What we found: a crisp button down shirt, a sleek faux-leather cami that will bring the wow to your wardrobe, a jumpsuit that you’ll want to live in, and pull on pants that are so cozy that you’ll think you’re wearing pajamas.
Quick tip, from me to you: don’t sleep on these sales. US (as the brand refers to itself) sells out quickly, so if you find something you love, snag it while you can.
A crisp cotton poplin shirt with the holy grail of touches: snaps in between buttons to make sure the fabric lays just so. Wear with literally everything; jeans, skirts, or knee-length shorts.
Everyone can use a little glam in their closet. This top’s v-neck adds a modern touch to a familiar silhouette, while just a touch of shine makes the top camera ready. Wear the top on its own now, and in the winter, layer a thin turtleneck underneath and throw on your favorite blazer over your shoulders. Accessorize with oversize sunnies and dainty earrings. PS: I own this top and it’s a stunner.
Most people pass up satin shirts, and I don’t really understand why. This version has a silky fabric which adds a bit of luxe to the top while the casual cut keeps it from looking too stuffy. I’d wear it tucked into wide leg pants and a pair of Filas.
Made of a modal/spandex blend, this dress wants to be your best friend. The spaghetti straps mean the dress won’t bunch under your main outfit, while the supersoft fabric feels like a continuous hug. I’d wear this as a foundation under dresses that might be a touch too short for me (think an inch or two, not much more) – and let the cami fabric peek out from underneath.
A lightweight a-line skirt, available from US in either matte or satin, when styled with a t-shirt or bodysuit, can handle anything you throw at it. Dinner and a movie? Check. Museum-hopping on vacation? Check. A quick trip to the drugstore to buy toothpaste? You bet. Pair with boots, sandals, clogs, or athletic shoes. Oh, and it has pockets.
This one goes out to all you office workers out there: blazers are seriously underrated as a work option. I know, I know, some people see them as stuffy, but there’s no reason they have to be. This blazer nips in at the waist and is slightly longer than regular blazers, making the entire piece more modern. Keep the blazer on hand for those last-minute meetings, and you’ll always look prepared (even if you’re secretly wondering why the meeting couldn’t have just been an email).
These pants, oh my god. These pants. An update of the Marina Luxe Twill Pull-On Pants silhouette, this version comes in a stretchy ponte knit with a zippy stripe down the outer thighs. Wear these as you’re running errands when you want to feel a bit put together without doing anything crazy like wearing makeup.
Which sales will you be snagging? Let us know in the comments!
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